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BAZ » 6944

Prototypes of amphibious 4-axle chassis BAZ 6944 with a payload of 12 tonnes were developed in 1979. It was in service since the next year after its small-scale production was started. The main feature of the new chassis become a sealed all-metal hull with 3 sections: a cabin for crew of 4 wit hatch in the roof to enter and exit and three-piece windshield; rear cargo platform and the engine compartment in the middle.

BAZ 6944 was fitted with a diesel engine UTD-25 V8 (21.2 liters, 400 hp) made in Barnaul. NAMI developed a special hydromechanical transmission, consisted of 1-speed hydrotransformator and 5-speed manual gearbox. There was also a prototype with a gas-turbine engine GAZ-9021-03 and standard transmission, developed in 1986.

Wheelbase - 6500 mm. Gauge - 2513 mm. Overall dimensions - 11 700x3130x2710 mm. Clearance - 480 mm. Curb weight - 17 tonnes. GVW - 29.4 tonnes. Maximum speed on a highway - 70 kph, on water - 8 kph. Fuel consumption - 50 liters per 100 km. Range - 1160 km.

BAZ 6944 successfully passed government tests, as a part of 'Oka' missle complex. At the end of 80s, most of vehicles were destroyed, but several were saved in museums.

The first prototype BAZ 6944The second prototype BAZ 6944
The second prototype BAZ 6944The third prototype BAZ 6944

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